Celebrate Kwanzaa in Bed Stuy at Cumbe

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Inna Penek

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance is excited to share for the second time this month, in this season of giving, the Cumbe Kwanzaa Marketplace. Cumbe is offering the community of Brooklyn a space to not only dance, but to also support the rich culture and creativity of the Diaspora in the form of a marketplace. While vendors will share their wares, toys, elixirs and art, patrons will indulge in a mosaic of activities including dance demonstrations, arts and crafts, gift-making workshops, massages as well as live music. And be sure to stay for an immersive Kwanzaa learning experience created by artist Iris Wilson. This experience will include a dance demo, a discussion about Kwanzaa and some fun interactive activities.

Vendors include Brooklyn Tea, which is celebrating its first full year in Bed Stuy, artist Monifa Kincaid, Mil Mundos Books, a community bilingual bookstore, and many more artisans offering handmade jewelry, food, spiritual services and more.

“We are hoping to provide space for local creators to share their goods and talents and thrive,” said Senior Program Director, Kendra J. Ross. “We want our community to learn more about Kwanzaa and to encourage their participation by offering a place for people to acquire gifts for the Holidays and beyond. Since BedStuy is historically a community of rich black culture, history, and commerce, Cumbe wants to contribute to that legacy with a dynamic marketplace.”

“Cumbe is a place for the community to learn, grow and share. Through events and gatherings like the Kwanzaa Marketplace, we hope to unify Bed Stuy and the larger Brooklyn community as we celebrate the beauty, diversity and influence of Africa and its diaspora in our lives,” said Ross

The Cumbe Kwanzaa Marketplace will take place at 1368 Fulton St., within the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza on Sunday – Dec. 22 from 3:00-6:00 pm.

Light refreshments will be served. Entrance is a $10 suggested donation.

Visit www.cumbedance.org for more information.

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